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Developing Leadership Skills in Children - Tips and Suggestions

By Andrew Loh

Leadership skills are a combination of many characteristics and factors that enable children to streamline and correct their mindset and outlook. In fact, these characteristics enable your children profit immensely in whatever they do, wherever they go and however they live. Some of these characters are:

The immense need to be challenged by events and situations: Children who have leadership qualities always express their desire to face tough challenges, risks and obstacles. They also want find solutions to the problems at hand with an air of supreme confidence.

Solve problems creatively: Children who are adept at showing leadership qualities always look to solve problems with a creative angle. With creativity, they can find solutions to a number of dicey problems both in their classroom and in social circle.

To show an ability to provide a strong sense of reasoning: A child who is a born leader will always reason in a critical manner. Finding solutions in a critical manner comes naturally to a child who has a number of leadership skills.

Show an ability to forge new relationships: Leaders love association with people and friends. They have the ability to create new friendship with strangers. In fact, they can help their friends with a sense of deep conviction.

They are self-motivated: All leaders are self-motivated and filled with a burning desire to achieve impossible things. Self-motivation can propel them forward to achieve lot of impossible goals.

Developing leadership skills in your children is a Herculean task and time-consuming affair. However, when you make it a regular practice, you can expect your children to learn these skills in double quick time. Before teaching leadership skills to your children, you will need to learn and master them for your own use. Here are some of the most important leadership skills that you can learn and master:

Communication: Leadership skills are never complete without learning effective communication techniques. Encourage your child to learn and master the basics of effective and meaningful communication. Listening to others is the first step in learning communication skills. Communication is the art of responding to others after listening to them first. Train your children to listen first so that they know what others are speaking first.

Exercise: Ask your children to listen how you speak and talk. Make them listen to your viewpoints first before speaking to you. Allocate at least 30 minutes daily for this exercise.

Collaboration and teamwork: Working with others without any problem is the foremost important leadership skills. Nothing is possible without teamwork. Your children must learn how to work with other with a perfect sense of camaraderie. The important task of working as a team is to reduce the time and energy needed to complete a task. Children overprotected by their parents may fail to work as team members. Your children will do well when you train them to work with others.

Exercise: Ask your children to mingle with other children while playing or studying. Assign them with some work and ask them to come back to you with a teamwork report. Help them play in a team environment.

The art of negotiation and compromising: Give and take is a very good policy that reduces personal animosities and disagreements. Train your children to negotiate with their peers and friends. If they have some disagreements, ask them to compromise to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution. The most important thing here is to ensure that your children complete the assigned task.

Exercise: Teach your children the art of negotiating and compromising. Set up one or two teams to learn the art of negotiation and compromise.

The art of planning and making strategies: Planning and creating useful strategies form two of the most important leadership skills. Taking time to discuss, plan and create strategies are very vital leadership skills. When there is a large task, your children can get discouraged. When you teach your child how to split the task into different but workable groups, he or she develops the necessary confidence to work on the task with a peace of mind.

Exercise: Assign and large task and ask your children to split the task into a number of sub tasks. Show them how to do it. Once you teach them the required plan to work on a large task, you can evaluate the results and provide suggestions and comments if there is a need. Involve a number of children in this activity.

Leaders are the best readers! One of the best methods to make your children better leaders is to make them read better books. If your children are young, you can read them great stories about great leaders. Introduce your children to the world of great leaders and mentors by showing them interesting movies. Children who develop leadership in their young age will lead a life of extreme discipline and determination. In nutshell, leadership skills are one of the secret keys to life success.

Discovering the Real Me: Student Textbook 11: Developing Leadership Skills
By June Saunders, Robert Beebe, Alan Saunders and Solomon Pobanz

As future leaders of their own families and the current leaders of their own lives, students need to develop leadership skills. The book Developing Leadership Skills emphasizes taking responsibility by making good decisions, taking the lead in understanding others and developing relationship skills, being community-minded, being responsible in romantic and sexual relationships, coping with adversity and diversity, handling money, and being responsible for the environment.

Examples of leaders, both famous and not-so-famous, as well as examples of leading schools of thought, help students relate to what leadership really is. Entertaining graphics and intriguing sidebars tell illustrative stories that underscore the meaning of the chapters.



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